Kirsten Rudestam

Kirsten (she/her) has fifteen years of experience teaching for colleges and universities, environmental field courses, and nature-based meditation programs. She has a PhD in environmental sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz where she studied water policy and management, feminist political ecology, and environmental justice. Kirsten believes that practices of (re)connection are crucial to maintaining our capacity to face and respond to ecological loss and to embrace our inherent interbeing. She is trained as a vision fast guide through the School of Lost Borders and is a facilitator for Joanna Macy’s “Work that Reconnects.” A graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leaders program (2005), she has been practicing meditation since 2001, teaches at Insight Santa Cruz and codirects the Sati Center’s Buddhist Eco-Chaplaincy training program. She identifies as a white-bodied, sexually queer, bisexual female and her work and offerings are informed by anti-racist and anti-oppression frameworks.